The ICC T20 World Cup 2016 semi-final match to be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi on 30 March is uncertain as the High Court has refused to intervene in a matter concerning the use of an important part of the stadium.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) expressed satisfaction at the developments and board secretary Anurag Thakur said that cricket fans in Delhi can look forward to some exciting contest at the Ferozshah Kotla. "Once they do it, I will give the go ahead", Justice Mudgal said.
In a statement issued by South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), SDMC said, "As per the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2007 and amended in 2011 and 2014, the said structure (RP Mehra block) till 31st December 2017".
"Now that the decks are clear, the DDCA cannot only accommodate the ICC's demands for 357 seats but also put on sale 2100 seats available in this block", said Chetan Chauhan, the acting president of DDCA.
The ICC's stand was that if any of the blocks remain vacant, then the semi-final would be shifted to other venue, senior advocate Sandeep Sethi, representing the DDCA, told the court.
According to a key official involved with the conduct of matches in Delhi, Justice Mudgal is highly unlikely to change his stance on the Mehra Block.
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"We have come to know about the court's decision".
The concerned block has not been given the required clearances by the municipal authorities and the Archaeological Survey of India.
The disputed block has a seating capacity of around 2,000.
"The DDCA's executive members along with a top ICC official and ICC's legal advisor have arranged a meeting with Justice Mudgal for Wednesday morning". You (DDCA) have to take it up with the ICC. On Tuesday, the court reiterated that stand when it told DDCA that it would not open the Block for public use unless the SDMC granted the completion certificate.
The Delhi and District Cricket Association approached the high court after retired judge Mukul Mudgal, who is supervising match preparations on directions from the high court, recommended that tickets for the block should not be sold. So far, Kotla has hosted two matches of the Women's World T20, and the area, barring media box, was covered up until Tuesday morning.